Richard Berggren

July 28, 1941 - September 16, 2020

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, a Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

Memorial Contributions

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to:

Special Olympics Illinois

605 E. Willow St.

Normal, IL, 61761


Richard Berggren, age 79, of Niles, formerly of Skokie, died Wednesday, September 16, 2020. Longtime Special Education teacher, Talcott School, Chicago. Beloved husband of the late Nancy R., nee Tinzmann; loving father of Jennifer and the late Kristofer; dear brother-in-law of James (Susan) Tinzmann; fond uncle of Melissa (Eric Banta) Tinzmann and Erica (John) LyContinue Reading

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Murray Fisher left a message on September 21, 2020:
To and from the Talcott Branch (Boy’s Club) 3 times a day CTA travel training Overnight basketball tournaments The winter that would never end The law of the chair/dibs Sitting in the closet during faculty meetings Paper Work Calendar Word worms Cooking class in 205 Special Olympics Field trips on Halloween and Valentine’s Day Waiting for the “late bus” Room store Report Card nights Getting coats zipped and buttoned to go home The 100’s of children who benefitted from you
Richard Alan Berggren left a message on September 20, 2020:
I saw the obituary for Richard and wanted to add my condolences and best wishes to the family. I've never run across a coincidence like this before, and thought you might be interested in it. Although we share the same name, I use my middle name, and am a few years older. I don't believe we ever met, unless it was at the Special Olympics in Normal. We have joined our Downs Syndrome granddaughter, Jennifer, who has participated in it during the last few years.
Dr. Angelyn Balodimas-Bartolomei left a message on September 18, 2020:
Dear Jenny, I am so sorry to hear bout your father. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. May his memory be eternal. Love, Angie
Ellen and Brian Harrigian left a message on September 18, 2020:
Jenny, I am so sorry for the loss of your Dad. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Sending warm hugs your way.
Judy Redmond left a message on September 18, 2020:
Jenny, Alan and I were so, so sorry to hear of your beloved Dad's passing. We are thinking and praying for you during this difficult time. Know that your parents and Kris are reunited in heaven. Love, Judy & Alan
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jean niederman left a message on September 18, 2020:
I was so sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. Along with my mom Phyllis, Barb Muzik and Murray, Mr. Dicky was one of the reasons I became a special ed teacher. He was a good man whose passion touched so many. Jean Niederman
Haben Funeral Home & Crematory left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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